Garbage disposals: just another step in the evolution of "if we don't see it, it's not a problem" mindset. Garbage in the sewer system is still garbage, silly people!
I'm actually pleasantly surprised by the balance this commercial manages to strike. The housewife is portrayed as hapless -- dismayed by spilling a few food scraps (omg! teh tragedy! aaaah!)... However, that is balanced by the level of technical detail presented to the viewer. The workings of the Dispose-All are explained, we're shown cutaways of the device -- we're even shown slow-motion shots of the Dispose-All making short work of grapefruit, corn cobs, and bones. If I were a 1960's housewife, I'd be more inclined to buy this simply because the commercial didn't treat me like a brainless idiot!
March 20, 2008 Subject:
Can't use them like this anymore...
There is not much you can put down the garbage disposal anymore that doesn't screw up the sewer lines. Especially grease or oil. Flour of all kinds is a no-no, too. The flour and water and oily grease mix together and you get huge blockages in our sewer lines.
May 12, 2006 Subject:
...And Grapefruit Halves and Fingers Too!
General Electric introduces the magical Garbage Dispose-all to ignorant housewives everywhere! Why, she can cram half a grapefruit down that thing! And keep her beautiful kitchen lovely too all while enjoying the grinding pleasures made possible by the fine folks at General Electric! Oh, and GE makes nukes too!!